Portland area counseling services for a healthy mind, body and soul
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Trauma is not what happens to us, but what we hold inside in the absence of an empathetic witness.”
— Peter A. Levine
I see individuals in the
following age ranges:
South Asian Culture
Monday - Friday
OHP Open Card
More insurances coming soon
To Schedule an Appointment:
Contact our intake staff at:
971 270 0167
Hello, I am Ruma Marshall, LCSW, CCTP and for many years I have been helping people experiencing intense adversities in their lives. I believe that we all have resources and strengths that we can draw on to be the best version of ourselves with the right support.
I am certified in treating trauma (I am a Licensed Clinical Trauma Professional- CCTP) and would be honored to help you on your healing journey. Most people have experienced some form of
trauma in their lives. It may have been an extremely stressful event or two. Or, it could be the lesser recognized - cumulative experience of long term neglect, abuse, interpersonal violence (either experiencing or witnessing them), etc. Being in this survival mode may come with persistent feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, feeling trapped, disconnected and detached. I operate from the framework that current patterns are a result of strategies to survive and adapt in the past but they are no longer serving us.
During the therapy process, when relevant, I explore relationship and attachment patterns with our caregivers during childhood/younger years and how these wounds and patterns have extended to our current lives . I have also been inspired by the contributions of Stephen Porges, Peter Levine, Bessel Van Der Kolf, to name a few, who have taught us that not just the brain and our thinking patterns but also what is happening in our bodies are important. We know a lot more about stress hormones, the nervous system and the ways our minds and bodies try to survive extremely stressful experiences thanks to the findings of neuroscience. In therapy, I help with cultivating a deeper understanding of our stress response system and I also invite people to try somatic (body based) approaches to help with the healing process to regulate the nervous system.
In addition to traumatic experiences, if you are struggling with grief/loss, are experiencing major life transitions or would like help managing your anxiety/depression, I look forward to working with you to help you on your healing journey. Being an immigrant of south Asian descent, I also have insight into South Asian culture. In addition to English, I also speak Nepali and Newari languages. I am in a biracial marriage and have embraced two cultures and have respect for multiple cultures, races
During my personal time, I like to be outdoors in nature in the company of trees, rivers, lakes, mountains, etc. I love to travel, play with dogs, read and try new recipes.
Domestic Violence & Intimate Partner Violence
Grief and Loss
People of color